The first photo is of a great horned owl. You can tell by his ears. He was far away in a pine tree but we saw him fly there and land. His wing span was incredible. Then we ran into a sweet deer family. The baby was grooming the mother as she lay on the ground. It was very endearing to watch. Very! Then we stopped to photograph a snake. All photos were taken in the car. It has rained here non stop for I’d say a good month. It seems to be flooding everywhere in Florida and burning everywhere in California. I wish we could send them some of our rain. So there have been no outings other than some good ole car photography! My husband drives I shoot. He spotted the snake and we stopped near him. I know it looks like I was basically lying on the ground next to him but I never left the car. He is a venomous snake, water moccasin. I thought he was beautiful. Others have said the photo completely freaks them out. He was just sunning himself in the road.
The last photo is of our little squirrel Petunia. She has just given birth after making her nest. She had some drama earlier in the week where a storm blew half her nest down. She frantically came to my window needing help. I had no idea what she wanted because she normally just sits on the window sill when it rains. But this time she was banging on the window and chewing at the screen. I finally went out to see she was carrying her baby and then trying to mend her nest. So I sat outside with her in the rain. I think she was scared and didn’t know what to do. I was very upset for her knowing she was up there all alone with all of those babies in a storm and her nest falling apart. These kind of things really affect me and I know that makes me pretty abnormal in today’s society to fret over the feelings of this squirrel. But that is who I am. Yesterday, the rain stopped for an hour and I went to check on her. She was sitting outside her nest taking a break. I talked to her for awhile and she just looked at me so sweetly. I will post her video after this:
After I watched it I had a moment where I felt badly for telling her to stop chewing the screen BUT just as a mother would do her child…she needed some boundaries. She got my attention and I went right outside. She likes to listen to my daughter sing so when my daughter comes outside and starts to sing she will come down from her nest and forage around near the deck. As soon as she stops singing Petunia goes back to her babies. I’ve raised baby squirrels when I did wildlife rehab and I know the kinds of food she needs so I will set out something for her later. The problem is every other animal around here will come to eat it, foxes, armadillo, raccoons, etc. I’m contemplating putting a pillow under her nest on the ground incase any other babies fall out but with all the rain it would just flatten to the ground in a day.
That’s the sum up of the week’s positive. We saw a gopher tortoise and listened to him eating but for the life of me I could not get a clear photo. But it happened!